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Children's LiteratureWhen daylight appears, Mona the monster is afraid to go to bed. What if children are hiding in the attic where she lives? Mona's mother insists that children do not exist, but Mona is still afraid. The attic trapdoor opens to reveal two children. After the initial scare, Mona and the children start talking to each other rather than screaming. Mona goes outside with the children in the middle of the day and they play games. When the children's mother goes in their room, she cannot see Mona at all! The children return to the attic with Mona where they find out that Mona's mother cannot see the children. Mona goes to bed and dreams of playing with her new friends. This whimsical story is a twist on typical bedtime stories. Mona not only sleeps during the day, many other aspects of her life—such as not being allowed to bathe or put her toys away—are also opposite to the children's. Dusikova's illustrations are soft, colorful, and perfectly complement this adorable story. 2004, North-South Books, Ages 3 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck